By Tom Green – In Kenya, BGR is partnering with Ecology Action in a long-term strategy for increased food production and income. The focus of this partnership is a Special 3.5 Month Course to Place African Women Trainers on the GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Certified Teacher Track. Since most farming in Africa is done by women, having women as certified teachers is vital to enable greater food productivity at the local level. The complete training takes roughly two years and teachers certified at the Intermediate-Level can train teachers at the Basic-Level of Certification. Three Kenyan women are being trained at a GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farm in Ohio. They will then proceed to train 1,650 women in Kenya in this method of farming. For forty years, our partner, Ecology Action, has been perfecting a small-scale agricultural program. This program, GROW BIOINTENSIVE, promotes soil fertility, high yield production and resource conservation. It is focused on the basic need of people to feed themselves. For more information, please see: www.growbiointensive.org.
BGR’s partnership with Ecology Action in Africa is especially critical due to the massive numbers of undernourished women and children, widows and orphans. The high rates of HIV and AIDS, plus frequent droughts, only exacerbate intolerable living conditions. Building on the success that Ecology Action has already demonstrated in Kenya, BGR recently approved a similar project for Malawi where, according to Jake Blehm , Assistant Executive Director of Ecology Action, “a rapid ramp up of skills training and access to additional resources can be accomplished.”
BGR is pleased to support the work of Ecology Action. We are deeply grateful to all our donors who enable our agricultural projects to grow.